The Red River Rivalry turned back into an old fashioned shootout in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday with the Sooners coming out on the short-end of a 48-45 score. In a game that featured 93 combined points, 47 first downs, and 1,033 total offensive yards it’s natural that a high amount of drama would be included as well.
The drama in this game came in the fourth quarter when Oklahoma turned a 45-24 deficit into a tie game. However, the Sooner Magic ran out when Texas freshman kicker Cameron Dicker drilled a 40-yard field goal with just nine ticks left on the clock.
The stage was set for one of the greatest finishes for the Sooners in the history of this storied rivalry but it wasn’t meant to be because of three factors that preceded the fourth quarter.
1. The defense has regressed to an even worse level than last season. We all know how bad it was last season but an combination of poor execution and poor coaching has this unit pretty much at rock bottom. Not only were the 48 points a season-high for the Longhorns, they practically scored at will through the first three quarters.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 6, 2018
Look at it this way, a team that scored only 19 points at Kansas State last week averaged nearly seven yards per play against the Sooners this week.
2. Turnovers were extremely costly. Texas scored 10 points off Oklahoma turnovers and won the game by a field goal. Yes, it really can be that simple of a game breakdown.
Both of the turnovers came from Kyler Murray and the both couldn’t have come at a worse time. His first quarter interception was a momentum changer that led to the Longhorns taking the lead and never relinquishing it.
The second turnover was even more egregious, as Murry put the ball on the ground (literally) in the third quarter after Oklahoma’s defense produced their first stop of the game. That fumble took OU out of a position where they could have possibly tied the game to them being down two touchdowns.
Kyler Murray fumbled while trying to hold himself up with the football pic.twitter.com/hXV9kZoA9E
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3. Texas owned the line of scrimmage! This is huge as well. Oklahoma fans are used to seeing the defensive line get pushed around here and there, but seeing the offense lose at the point of attack is a rare occurrence.
The Sooners are off next week. They play at TCU on October 20th.